The CA-NSp is for California based CCAs in good standing who desire to provide nitrogen management planning services for their clients.  A CCA must maintain their California Nitrogen Management Specialty to be eligible to certify Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plans for clients.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the University of California – Davis, the American Society of Agronomy’s (ASA) International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) Program and the CCA – Western Region (WR) Board have collaborated on developing the next version of the Nitrogen Management Program.

Those CCAs with the California Nitrogen Management Specialty training prior to October 1, 2020 are automatically added into the new program.

Program Updates

Here is what you need to know:

  • Those that received the specialty training prior to October 1, 2020 are automatically added to the new program.
  • As before, you must be a CCA to retain the specialty certification.
  • California Nitrogen Management Specialty (CA-NSp) will be added to records within the next couple of months.
  • Additional CEUs are now required. See below for details.
  • A renewal fee of $35 will be added to 2022 renewal statements.


  • Additional CEUs will now be required
    – Nutrient Management – +3 (8 total)
    – Soil and Water Management – +2 (7 total)
    – Total overall CEUs remains the same
  • Additional CEUs will be added when you begin a new CEU cycle.
    – e.g. CEU cycle ending 12/31/2020, additional CEUs will be added to the 1/1/2021-12/31/2022 cycle
    – e.g. CEU cycle ending 12/31/2021, additional CEUs will be added to the 1/1/2022-12/31/2023 cycle

Your CEU cycle dates can be found at the top of your CEU statement (dates in red at the top). Click here to check your cycle dates.  If you know someone looking to obtain the California Nitrogen Management Specialty click here for the new requirements.